By Joe Ragonese
While speaking about the rise in the murder rate for America’s 30 largest cities, President Trump remarked, “What the hell’s going on in Chicago?” To which Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) responded, “Democrats.” The President replied, “There’s a lot of truth to that.” This, in a nutshell, is why our violent crime has been on the rise for the past eight years, peaking over the last two; Democrats.
All of the largest cities in America are seeing a rise in crime. It is spurred on by Democrats who see anarchy as a tool to bolster their base, while former President Obama was an actual police hater. The combination has caused the rising crime rate due to the draconian measures taken against America’s police by Obama’s administration.
When the top moves an inch, the bottom of the pyramid moves hundreds of miles. That is what happened under Obama’s Presidency; he more radically was opposed to law and order and the police than any other president in our history. Those on the bottom of the pecking order moved very far against law and order and the police; in fact, it created the terrorist organization, Black Lives Matter. That is the background to what’s going on in Chicago.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first chief of staff and an ardent radical Democrat, left the White House to run for Chicago’s mayor. He won in a landslide. Anything else that happened to Chicago from that point forward was a self-inflicted wound. What did happen was that Emanuel spent money that Chicago didn’t have, propping up his fellow Democrats, while ignoring the police department. That was his critical mistake. And then he compounded the mistake by catering to Black Lives Matter. Yes, he always fell on the side of black terrorists instead of his police department, throwing his police chief, and any member of the department, under the bus when trouble in the department touched Rahm.
Emanuel won a second term as mayor, constantly ignoring the needs of the Chicago Police. He instituted a hiring freeze on the department, and quickly there was a 2500 man shortage. He now says that he is going to hire 600 police officers, which won’t even keep up with the number retiring each year. The Obama administration ignored all of Rahm’s illegal activities, as he did for all of the other Democratic mayors in large cities. Emanuel and the other Democratic big city mayors support Black Lives Matter, which is responsible for the deaths of police officers. The Democrats also support sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, in blatant violation of federal laws, and support gangs that run wild in the large cities. This is why the crime rate, especially the murder rate, grew so large during his presidency.
Full disclosure: this writer was a police officer in suburban Chicago, and knows many of Chicago’s finest. Allow me to say, that they are indeed among the finest police department in the state (maybe just behind the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, which I spent 35 years on.) They work in conditions that most who are reading this would refuse to experience only once, let alone every working day of their career. They ply the dark alleys, where all of the lights have been shot out, in search of armed and unseen suspects who are often laying in ambush for them.
They run toward gunfire when most sane people flee from it. When the bullets fly they are on the scene sorting through the confusion, while protecting the lives of innocents (of all colors and genders equally.) You will note that the people call the police when the shooting starts, not their neighborhood gang member or Democratic alderman. They do not get on the phone with Black Lives Matter, because at that moment, it is more often than not a black on black crime being committed. The Chicago Police fight what you fear. This is not some meaningless cliché, it is what they do day after day.
There are a lot of guns and violent people in the City of Chicago, and our police officers face them daily. And what they have received in return for their honor and heroism is the scorn of the former President of the United States, who directed his (in)Justice Department to find fault with their actions, to the point that they are hamstrung in preforming their daily tasks of protecting the citizens of the city. They must fight the Obama instituted false narrative that the police are hunting and murdering black men indiscriminately. This narrative has been amplified by the fake news of the MSM and goes hand in hand with their hands up-don’t shoot lie told in Ferguson, Missouri. This fake narrative creates even more tension, fear and hatred of the police by the black community that is misled so easily by Democrats. Chicago’s mayor is just as uncaring about the police; after all, he wants that chaos to help win the support of the (poor) black community.
Chicago is a one party town. There is no Republican Party in Chicago. The winner of the Democratic primary is the automatic mayor because no one runs on the Republican ticket. This leaves the most corrupt politicians in charge, the ones who can spread tax dollars around to those Democrats who can grease the wheels of politics, Chicago style.
The out of control murder rate in Chicago is the end result of all of the political corruption in the city. The Gangs of Chicago have provided aid and comfort to the Democratic leaders of the city and have been rewarded by being left alone to commit mayhem and murder with a wink and a nod by the aldermen of those districts. When the police try to enforce the law they are scrutinized beyond anything reasonable and many are punished or fired for being good police officers. Because of this anti-police behavior by the city, many simply react to crime and no longer proactively pursue criminals. Yes, President Trump was correct that enforcement of stop and frisk laws and the broken window rule would bring the crime rate down quickly. The men and women who serve on the Chicago Police Department are outstanding members of the community and dedicated to helping the citizens of the city. Only, they are not allowed to do so.
A one political party city that thrives on corruption; that is what the hell is wrong with Chicago, Mr. President.
If anyone cares enough to fix the problem, it will take intervention to do so. If he wishes to be the law and order President he must intervene on behalf of the honest and hard working citizens of Chicago. President Trump should declare a state of emergency does exist in Chicago and send in federal police to augment the Chicago Police Department. A cross section might be DEA, Marshal Service, ATF and ICE, to help rid the city of illegal guns, illegal immigrants who are gang members or criminals, federal criminals and target the gangs drugs, their source of income. (This writer does not believe that military intervention is a good thing, think Kent State and that will explain why military in civil matters does not work.)
The most important thing the President need do is to wrest control of the police department away from the corrupt mayor, Rahm Emanuel and the equally corrupt aldermen. They are the cause of the collapse of law and order in Chicago. Maybe a federal arrest of Emanuel for blatantly refusing to obey federal laws dealing with being a sanctuary city would do the trick.
The Chicago Police Department is fully capable of bringing the murder rate in Chicago down to more acceptable levels, but only if allowed to act as a professional police department, without the interference of corrupt politicians. It will all begin to turn around when the officers feel that someone is on their side, so when they shoot the next black man who points a gun at them, they will not face discharge or imprisonment. (Shooting white men is ok in this city.)
Until the Chicago Police are allowed to act like a police department again, the murders in Chicago will continue to grow uncontrollably. Or, if a Republican becomes mayor with a Republican city council, and that isn’t likely to happen in this millennium.